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post #1 of 6 Old 04-13-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation 1 sick and 1 dead jack dempsey sick help!!!

I have a 55 gal tank with 1 female jack demp bout 4 to 5 inches and 1 placo bout same size I had a male jack bout 6 to 7 inches but died last night

after i put the placo in tank the male jack lost his dark color and turned white afetr bout a week he went back tonormal but this last week he started to devolep a coating on his body wich lock foggy in nature then he started devoloping a fuze all over his body and 2 days ago my female had the same fuze devolpe i thought it was ich so i put ich medicine in and it made them both worse over night

so i had my water tested and the pet smart guy said it was high in amonia ( not 100% sure waiting on confermation from my wife ) also he said it had the fuzzys not ich he said to put this
<LI id=AMMO-CARBŪ_Activated_Carbon_and_Ammonia-Removing_Resin class=bcLink _extended="true">AMMO-CARBŪ Activated Carbon and Ammonia-Removing Resin<LI id=Aquarium_Pharmaceuticals_Aquarium_Salt-33oz class=bcLink _extended="true">Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Salt-33oz also he said to gravel vac the tank wich i did ohh and he said to raise the temp to between 82 and 86 and not to feed them more then twice a week afetr doing all this i woke up to my male dead this morning my questions are

did he give me the right advice?
what can i do to prevent this from happening?
they are new fish i had them for a month they where givin to me with the complet set up i had no problems and i do about a 25% to 35% water change every sunday any advice i would love i really like the jack dempsey fish and once i get my tank str8 i will be getting another 1

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-13-2012, 10:24 PM
Do you know what kind of pleco it was?

Until we can figure out exactly what has happened cant really say how to prevent it. Columnairis maybe? I think I spelled that wrong.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-14-2012, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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it is a big finned placo i believe
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-15-2012, 09:45 AM
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If you only had the two cichlids in the tank, then adding the plec probably added allot of bioload to the system triggering a mini-cycle. Sounds like you have increased ammonia levels at least since they are recommending an absorber. The ammonia spike will be short lived probably, but the nitrIte spike that will follow may not be. I suggest adding a little salt to the aquarium to protect the fish from nitrItes. I recommend finding out the exact levels you have for ammonia and nitrItes. Finally, I suggest changing as much water as you can each day and using Prime as a dechlorinator. It seems to be able to protect fish from high levels of ammonia and nitrItes. If the fish have columnaris, then the increased temperatures are a bad thing.

Experience: What you get when you were expecting something else.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-15-2012, 08:36 PM
Velvet could be a possibility as well maybe. I would not use anything on the tank unless you're sure you know what it is. Just Dechlor and frequent water changes.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-16-2012, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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it is a plcostomus fish i have added the salt water the same day i added the new carbon to the filter my fish is completly fine now thanks for the help currently i added a fish divider in tank and added a new convict jack demp and a Black Convict Cichlid see how they do
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